An estimated quarter of a billion people, or around 5 per cent of the global adult population, used drugs at least once in 2015 (UNODC World Drug Report, 2017). Even more worrisome is the fact that about 29.5 million of those drug users, or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population, suffer from drug use disorders. This means that their drug use is harmful to the point that they may experience drug dependence and require treatment. Yet, with fewer than one in six persons with drug use disorders provided with treatment each year, the availability of and access to science-based services for the treatment of drug use disorders and related conditions remain limited. More than half of the world's population resides in cities, and that proportion is to reach two- thirds by 2050. Urban policymakers and practitioners, as well as other local stakeholders and civil society actors therefore have an instrumental role in providing drug prevention, treatment and care.

Tools & Services

Commune Counselling Teams (CCTs): to provide community-based counselling, treatment and rehabilitation services for drug users (Project in Cambodia)

Guidelines on Drug Prevention and Treatment for Girls and Women

International Standards for The Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

TREATNET Quality Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Services

Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes for Prevention

Youth Initiative Discussion Guide

From Coercion to Cohesion: Treating Drug Dependence Through Health Care, Not Punishment

Reducing the Adverse Health and Social Consequences of Drug Abuse: A Comprehensive Approach

Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Abuse Prevention

Treatnet Training Package

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions

Addressing the Specific Needs of Women Who Inject Drugs: Practical guide for Service Providers on Gender- Responsive HIV Services

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Female Injecting Drug Users

HIV Prevention among Young Injecting Drug Users

Rapid Assessment and Response Guide on Injecting Drug Use

A "Step-by-Step" Algorithm for the Procurement of Controlled Substances for Drug Substitution Treatment

Training Guide for HIV Prevention Outreach to Injecting Drug Users

Guide to Starting and Managing Needle and Syringe Programmes

WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS Technical Guide: for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users

Rapid Assessment and Response Guide on Psychoactive Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behaviour

Policy and Programming Guide for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Among Injecting Drug Users

Compilation of Evidence-Based Family Skills Training Programmes

A Trainer's Manual on Drug Use Prevention, Treatment and Care among Street Children

Staying Safe - A Manual to Train Peer Educators in IDU interventions

Staying Safe - A Manual to Train Outreach Workers in IDU interventions

Sustainable livelihoods: a broader vision. Discussion paper on "Social support and integration to prevent illicit drug use, HIV/AIDS and crime"

Training Module on Positive Living for Drug Users and their Sex Partners

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Related initiatives

Visit the Safety Audit Websites of Queretaro and Cali 

See the Family Skills Training Programmes in low- and middle-income countries

Visit the UNODC Crime Prevention Webpages